Arlene Simpson

Arlene June Simpson, 81, of Jacksonville, formerly of Astoria, died June 11, 2011, at her home.

She was born Aug. 26, 1929, in Le Claire, Iowa, a daughter of John Henry and Emma Mae Clifton Kerr. She married Earl Nichols on Oct. 15, 1946, in Canton, Mo., and later married Haskell Simpson on Dec. 30, 1970. He preceded her in death on July 3, 1983.

She also was preceded in death by one daughter, Barbara Diane in infancy; one son, John David; and two sisters, Claudine Schlager and her twin Darlene.

Surviving are her son, Gary Nichols (companion Melody Rosenkranz) of Quincy; three stepsons, Stanley (and Pam) Simpson of Arkansas, Rodney (and Ruth) Simpson of Astoria and Jim (and Gay) Simpson of Bath; three sisters, Merle Lawlor of Jacksonville, Lucille Baldridge of Washington, Ill., and Beverly Carroll of Palmyra, Mo.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was formerly employed at Hornsby 5 and 10 in Astoria.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A private family burial will be held at a later date at Providence Cemetery in Williamstown, Mo. Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 6/15/2011

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